A smarter approach to economic development
Using technology to transform economies
Smarter government made with IBM
Vibrant economies are built on insight
Imagine that your business served not just a dozen, a couple hundred or even thousands of bosses, but millions and even billions of them. That is the case around the globe, from local councils to central government agencies.
From national security to employment programs to metropolitan traffic congestion, all these responsibilities are served by a larger, more encompassing mission: creating economic vitality.
Economic vitality is what makes a nation, a region or a city a compelling place to live, work and do business. It’s a collaborative plan for long-term, sustainable growth ushered in by a convergence that includes big data and analytics, mobile, cloud and social technologies.
For the people, by the people, powered by data
As noted by IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, “Data promises to be for the twenty-first century what steam power was for the eighteenth, electricity for the nineteenth and fossil fuels for twentieth—that is, the creator of enormous wealth and progress.”1
Big data is an even bigger opportunity to inform discussions on policy and planning. For example, Portland, Oregon, USA has created a system-thinking tool to support high-level planning. Using data and analytics, the tool enables policy makers and stakeholders to learn how their city works as an interconnected system of system, exploring interactive visual maps and simulating macro-level policy options.2
Authorities in Montpellier, France want to establish a new relationship with citizens by enabling each individual to use digital technology to create and submit near-real-time data that will help authorities to improve urban services. Leaders hope to do more than make services efficient—they hope that they will become more accountable and more open to citizens.3
Government in the cloud
Governments and public agencies are under pressure to reduce costs, optimize energy usage and reduce the space requirements of their data centers. They can significantly reduce capital and operational costs through IT initiatives such as virtualizing servers, standardizing images and applications, consolidating data centers and moving to a security-rich cloud environment.
For example, inefficiency and government waste are enormous problems that affect all 1,600 local governments in New York State. IBM Research and SCA are partnering to create a shared service cloud for them. This cloud model is predicted to eliminate 25 percent of government’s IT budget by streamlining applications and by connecting siloed municipalities.
A provincial government in Spain teamed with IBM to increase the quality of current citizen services, as well as introduce new needed services, without associated increased costs—allowing funds to be invested in other areas to benefit citizens. And on the other side of the world, the city of Wuxi in China worked with IBM to create a cloud computing center at the Wuxi New District iPark, providing low-cost access to enterprise applications and market analytics tools for small companies located on site.
Social citizens, smarter government
Transforming with technologies
No longer are citizens merely the passive recipients of government services. Supported by technology that provides actors with new improved insight and analytics for effective collaboration and action, each government body can empower citizens, communities and businesses to play an active role in shaping and improving service delivery. By placing the users (such as citizens, businesses and other stakeholders) at the center of how we shape our cities, regions and countries, smart solutions radically alter the ability of governments to realize their economic, social and environmental objectives.
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